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SMITH: Murray Thomas of Thorndale

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On May 1, 2020 @ 4:22 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 25 Comments

SMITH: Murray Thomas of Thorndale

It is with great sadness that the family of Murray Thomas Smith announce his sudden passing on Thursday, April 30, 2020, two days before his 66th birthday. Murray will forever be remembered by his loving wife and best friend Lynda (Wakefield) Smith for over 41 years. Proud and caring father of Kevin and Sarah Smith, and Lisa and Jeffrey Arce. Proud grandpa of Jacob. Cherished son of Jim and Marguerite (Wright) Smith. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Cindy and Jim Galbraith, Deb and Derek Mathers, and Scott and Laughnie Smith. Murray will be deeply missed by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Evident by his 35 year career at the Land Registry Office, Murray was an extremely hardworking individual. He welcomed new opportunities with a positive mindset, taking on positions within the Registry Office in Toronto, Newmarket, Orangeville, Stratford, Kitchener, St. Thomas, Woodstock and London. Murray retired from the civil service in 2011, allowing him to focus on his passions for; developing new projects around the house, gardening, travel, sports, music, but most importantly, his family. Murray could always be depended on to provide advice, support, humor or a positive perspective. He will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends. 

A private family service will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220). A public memorial service will be held at a later date, when family and friends can get together to share in hugs, support and stories.

Donations to The Thorndale United Church would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences for the family of “SMITH: Murray Thomas of Thorndale”

Condolence from Diane George on May 1st, 2020 6:02 PM

My sincere sympathy goes out to my sister Lynda. I was always inspired by the love and devotion I witnessed between Lynda and Murray throughout the marriage. He will be greatly missed.
My condolences go to Lisa and Jeff; Kevin, Sarah & Jacob. May God grant peace to the entire family during this difficult time.
Love Always

Condolence from Mark Viner on May 2nd, 2020 12:35 AM

I am beyond saddened at the news of the passing of my good buddy Murray. My heartfelt condolences to Lynda, Lisa and Kevin at this most difficult time. You guys were his world and he loved you so much.
I will truly miss by buddy of 42 years, working together at the Land Registry Office, our sports travel trips, our long talks over our regular lunch get together. and so many other memories and good times that we have shared over the years. God has blessed us all by having Murray in our lives.
Rest in Peace my friend.

Condolence from Yvonne Elliott on May 2nd, 2020 9:45 AM

To: Lynda, Kevin, Sarah, Lisa, Jeffrey & of course Jacob
It is with shock & sadness that we see the loss of a very special Husband, Dad & Grandpa.
He was a quiet supporting force, a behind the scenes, kind of guy. He be sorely missed by your family and friends as he will be in our Church Family.
May you find comfort knowing others share the loss and offer comfort from a distance.
Virtual hugs and sincerest condolences to all of you.
John & Yvonne

Condolence from Debbie Fraser on May 2nd, 2020 10:08 AM

Lisa, I’m truly sad to hear you’ve lost your Dad. I know how you treasured his wise advice with big life decisions & loved his visits to Toronto.
My deepest condolences to you Lisa, and to your Mom & Kevin too. You know my thoughts will be with you in these difficult days.
Your friend always,

Condolence from Brian Wilkins on May 2nd, 2020 10:23 AM

My condolences to Murray’s family. We were good friends back in our childhood days in Sarnia. The Smith’s lived across the street from us on Spartan Ave. Murray & I went all through elementary & high school together. We lost touch over the years, but I often thought of him. In fact, I was just thinking that his birthday was coming up soon. I am very sorry for your loss & are thinking of you in this difficult time. Murray was a good friend!

Condolence from Mary Whitmore-Gilies & David Gillies on May 2nd, 2020 12:57 PM

Words are inadequate to express the sadness of hearing of the passing of Murray. He was my supervisor for a number of years at the Land Registry Office. I will always remember his kindness and encouragement. My condolences to the family.

Condolence from Cindy Bilyea on May 3rd, 2020 7:12 AM

Kevin, Sarah and baby Jacob,
I am thinking about you at this very sad time. Your hearts will be very heavy with grief now, and just know many people are sending you warm thoughts to comfort you.
Peace be with you,
Go forward gently,

Condolence from Joyce and Jack Robinson on May 3rd, 2020 8:27 AM

To Lynda and your family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We send our sincere condolences and and support.

Condolence from Randy Brewe on May 3rd, 2020 9:44 AM


I am so sorry to hear about “Big Murr”. I will never forget working with him when I was a co-op student at the Registry Office. Murray was quiet but wise.

sincerest condolences

Condolence from Herbert “Herbie” McDonald & Alfred Miller on May 3rd, 2020 11:59 AM

So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, the children and the rest of the family.

Condolence from Barb Patterson on May 3rd, 2020 5:12 PM

My thoughts are with you and your family. I am so sad to hear of Murray’s passing. I remember fondly, working with him in London and Kitchener ROs. Actually both of you in London RO. Murray was such a gentleman!
Sincere condolences!

Condolence from Lynne Dietrich on May 4th, 2020 8:54 AM

Kevin and Sarah,
My condolences to you and your family. Your dad will be missed by all.

Condolence from Marlene and Joe French on May 4th, 2020 9:37 AM

Kevin, Sarah and Jacob,
We are so sorry to hear of the untimely passing of your dad and grandpa. We are thinking of you and holding you in our prayers. Sincerely, Marlene and Joe French

Condolence from Helen Kantzos on May 4th, 2020 11:14 AM

My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the death of your husband, Murray. He was a dear friend to so many people. I hope you will surround yourself with good friends and the pleasant memories you have of Murray.
Helen Kantzos

Condolence from Kathy Foster on May 4th, 2020 1:38 PM

Kevin and Sarah and your loving family,
It’ s so hard to put into words our shock and deep felt sorrow for you all. Sometimes
things happen that we just can’t explain. Please know that Don and I are thinking of you all. Jacob has a new guardian angel! Hugs to all of you
Don and Kathy Foster

Condolence from Lois Wakefield on May 4th, 2020 4:17 PM

We were saddened to see in the paper the passing of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Uncle Laurence and aunt Lois
Jeff and Dawn Wakefield

Condolence from Leigh Swanson on May 4th, 2020 5:15 PM

My sincere condolences to Linda and Family. I enjoyed working with Murray and Linda at the London LRO. Murray was a “great guy” and highly respected by all who knew him.

Condolence from Elizabeth Whitney on May 4th, 2020 5:53 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Murray, I worked with him at the London Land Registry office. He was a kind caring person and will be missed by family and friends.

Condolence from Pat Jones on May 4th, 2020 7:18 PM

So very sorry to hear of Murray’s passing. We will miss his big smile. He was always so pleasant to talk with. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Lynda, Kevin, Sarah, Lisa & Jeff.
Gord & Pat

Condolence from John Leyser on May 6th, 2020 6:32 PM

Lynda and Family:
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Murray. He was well respected
and certainly had a huge impact in the land registration/surveying world.
I enjoyed talking to him when I visited his offices.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Elaine and Martin Kompa on May 7th, 2020 11:00 AM

We will really miss our good friend Murray. He was always so kind, wise, easy going and funny. We are privileged to have known him.
Lynda, Lisa, Kevin, Jacob and families, you are in our thoughts.

Condolence from Yvonne Hill on May 8th, 2020 1:27 PM

Kevin and Sarah:
My heart goes out to you at this very sad time.
Please know that you are in my thought and in my prayers.
My sincerest sympathy to you and to your family.

Condolence from Ann Park on May 8th, 2020 6:56 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Murray’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Especially Aunt Margerite and Uncle Jim. Our Gary was so close in age. Both too young.

Condolence from Franz (Subaru of London) on May 13th, 2020 7:14 PM

Dear Lynda
It was with such sadness I learned of Murray’s passing
He became a great friend over the years as well as being
as a trusted client/customer of mine.
Please accept my most sincere condolences to both you
and your family.

Condolence from Mary Kosynski on June 13th, 2020 3:17 AM

Lynda & family

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Murray. I have lovely memories of our times in the Registry Office, he was a kind and caring person. He will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Kosynski (Australia)

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